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Ken Butler is an artist and musician whose hybrid musical instruments, performances, and installations explore the interaction of common objects, sounds and silence. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and performances throughout the USA at The Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Artforum, Smithsonian, and Sculpture Magazine. He has also been featured on PBS, CNN, MTV, and NBC, including a live appearance on The Tonight Show. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has several of his handmade instruments in their collection. He was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has performed with John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Butch Morris, The Soldier String Quartet, The Tonight Show Band, and The Master Gnawa musicians of Morocco.

Ken Butler studied viola as a child and earned his MFA from Portland State University where he completed his degree in painting in 1977. He enthusiastically passes his knowledge and talents along to the next generations in SEQ ART KIDS "Instrument Building" workshops that focus on the arts and sciences of invention. Ken proudly points to recent 4th grade students who "went outside the box with playful intellectual experiments that extended their projects beyond music. 'Look what I've got now,' they told me, 'it's a guitar, it's a phone, it's a....'"

Learn more at Ken's Website